The Lihue Hongwanji Mission is a simple, single-story wood-frame structure with a hip roof with small gable ends under the ridge at either end of the building, and two square columns situated on a raised front entry porch with wood balustrades. The interior is comprised of a single space with a large altar opposite the entryway. This historic temple is significant for its historical, social, and religious contributions to the Lihue Buddhist Community. The Lihue Hongwanji Mission is also an example of historic architecture associated with Japanese immigration and acculturation in Hawaii during the 20th century.
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